Commonwealth Transportation Board seeking public input on multiple projects

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) –The Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) will hold nine public meetings across the commonwealth from October through December on prioritizing transportation projects.

The public is invited to get the latest information, ask questions and provide input on transportation projects. This year’s meetings will consist of an open house where attendees can review and provide feedback on the list of proposed local and regional projects that have been submitted for scoring through the SMART SCALE prioritization process.

Following the open house, a town hall session will engage the public and transportation stakeholders in discussion and provide an opportunity to ask questions about the projects. There will be no formal public comment during the meetings.

Signed into law by Gov. Terry McAuliffe, SMART SCALE,formerly known as House Bill 2, is an objective and data-driven “prioritization” process to score projects according to critical transportation needs.

The meetings will highlight the 436 applications for projects submitted by 148 local and regional governments across the state. The applications request $9.25 billion in funding through SMART SCALE with a total value of $12.09 billion in total project value.

Projects that have been determined to meet a need identified in VTrans, Virginia’s statewide transportation policy plan, will be advanced for evaluation and scoring. Scoring results will be made available to the public. Following public meetings in the spring, the CTB will use public feedback and the scoring data to select which projects to fund and be included in the next Six-Year Improvement Program by June of 2017.

Public Meetings
Open house begins at 4:00 pm in each of the locations except for Northern Virginia:

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Richmond District Auditorium

2430 Pine Forest Drive

Colonial Heights, VA 23834

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Salem Civic Center

1001 Roanoke Boulevard

Salem, VA 24153

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Blue Ridge Community College Plecker Center for Continuing Education

One College Lane

Weyers Cave, VA 24486

Tuesday, November 1,2016*

Germanna Community College Center for Workforce & Community Education

10000 Germanna Point Drive

Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Monday, November 7, 2016

Southwest Virginia Community College

Community Center Auditorium

724 Community College Road

Cedar Bluff, VA 24609

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization

723 Woodlake Drive

Chesapeake, VA 23320

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Lynchburg District Office

Ramey Memorial Auditorium

4219 Campbell Avenue

Route 501

Lynchburg, VA 24501

Tuesday, December 13, 2016*

Northern Virginia District Office

4975 Alliance Drive

Fairfax, VA 22030

*Meeting starts at 6 p.m.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Culpeper District Auditorium

1601 Orange Road

Culpeper, VA 22701

*A public hearing, including a formal public comment period will be held for the Atlantic Gateway projects in conjunction with the meetings in Fredericksburg and Northern Virginia.
If you are unable to attend a meeting, you may view the displays and provide your comments online.

You can also mail comments on highway projects to Infrastructure Investment Director, VDOT, 1401 E. Broad St., Richmond, Virginia 23219, or or on rail, public transportation and transportation demand management to Public Information Officer, DRPT, 600 E. Main St., Suite 2102, Richmond, Virginia 23219, or

Comments will be accepted until Dec. 22, 2016.

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